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RESOURCE: VBS to hit The Big Apple

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–As the song says, “Start spreading the news.”

LifeWay Christian Resources’ VBS 2011 is gonna be a part of it — New York, New York!

Vacation Bible School 2011 will go on a “Big Apple Adventure.”

Set in the city known as the crossroads of the world, VBS organizers say kids will discover adventure on every corner. Using the sights and sounds of New York, they will hear Bible stories about people who stepped out in faith and connected with Jesus Christ. Through these stories, they will find out that they, too, can step out in faith, beginning with a relationship with Jesus and moving on to connect with a life of faith that lets them share the message of Jesus with the world.

“I think this is possibly the most evangelistic VBS we’ve ever offered,” said Jerry Wooley, LifeWay’s VBS specialist. “All of them keep the name of Jesus at the forefront, of course; the goal of each VBS is to draw kids into a relationship with Jesus, but this one lets them know how important it is to share that message with other people.”

Each day’s Bible story focuses on someone having his or her faith challenged. The first day the centurion has to decide whether to trust Jesus to heal his servant. The second day VBSers see how a woman responded to Jesus’ love by anointing His feet with perfume but was chastised by others. On day three, they will learn how Nicodemus had to choose to trust or distrust Jesus. Day four tells the story of the Samaritan woman who made a decision to trust Jesus when other men had been unkind to her. Day five tells how the disciples had to step up and step out to carry the Gospel to the world when Jesus went to heaven.

“It’s important for the kids to know they will have decisions to make about Jesus, too,” Wooley said.

Rotations will happen each day, set in New York-style locations like Times Square and Grand Central Station.

LifeWay also offers a second line of VBS resources, Club VBS. “Hit the Beach,” the Club VBS theme, takes kids on a trip to the beach and gives churches an opportunity to offer kids — and leaders — a great summer program or a mission trip option.

“So many churches are choosing the Club option for an easy and economical way to have a fun and evangelistic five days,” Wooley said. “Everything they need comes in one box, so it’s economical too.”

More information about VBS 2011 is available at LifeWay.com/VBS.
Polly House is a corporate communications specialist with LifeWay Christian Resources.

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